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Peavy pitched three-hit ball into the seventh inning, Dunn hit his 14th homer and the White Sox beat the crosstown Cubs 6-0 on Sunday to complete the weekend sweep.
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Their fourth straight win put them back at .500 (21-21), and two big reasons for that are two players who seemed to be on the decline coming into the season.
Not now, though.
Peavy is dominating again after being limited by injuries in recent years, and Dunn has his stroke back after it abandoned him last season, his first in Chicago.
"I'm not a big thinker, I have an approach each game and I try to stick with it," Dunn said. "Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't."
These days, it's working. And Dunn got plenty of help Sunday.
Gordon Beckham and Tyler Flowers also went deep as the White Sox matched their longest win streak and a season high with three homers. Not bad, considering Paul Konerko sat out his second in a row after being hit near his left eye by a pitch on Friday.
"If we can keep going on the right track with the guys swinging the bats the way they have the last few days, we should be able to play a little more consistent," Peavy said.
For the Cubs, meanwhile, the misery continued. They dropped their sixth straight to match their longest skid this season, and they never regrouped once the White Sox started knocking the ball out of the park.
Back-to-back homers by Beckham and Dunn leading off the fourth gave them a 2-0 lead. Flowers made it 3-0 with a drive to start the fifth off Paul Maholm (4-3), giving the White Sox three homers for the second straight game and Peavy (5-1) all the support he needed.
The right-hander struck out seven and walked two over 6 1/3 innings even though the wind was blowing out. He helped chase Maholm during a two-run seventh, grounding into a force and scoring on a sacrifice fly, and he left to cheers with a runner on first after retiring Ian Stewart on a fly to right in the bottom half.
"We had opportunities to score a lot of runs with the wind today," the Cubs' Alfonso Soriano said after watching the Cubs leave the bases loaded in the fourth and eighth. "Sometimes, we see a flag like that and we're not [concentrating]. ... We see the wind and we forget that we have to hit the ball first."
It was a charged weekend in Chicago, with Kerry Wood retiring and Konerko getting hit in the face, not to mention the protests in the city surrounding the NATO Summit.
There was heightened security outside Wrigley Field. Inside, it was more of the same.
Peavy shook off a rough outing against Detroit and got back to dominating. The Cubs, on the other hand, could be in for some lineup changes.
"We need some production," manager Dale Sveum said. "The bottom line is two months into the season, we have to start producing or we're going to have to start making some changes."
Maholm got hit hard, allowing five runs and nine hits over 6 1/3 innings after going 4-0 in his previous five starts.
He was sailing along until Beckham lined the first pitch of the fourth to the street beyond the left-field bleachers for his fourth homer. Dunn followed with a drive to center on a 2-2 pitch for his second home run in as many games and 43rd against the Cubs. Among active players, only Albert Pujols has more with 53.
"We've got a good team. I think everyone knows that," Beckham said.
|Jake Peavy bounces back from a rough outing as he riddles the Cubbies through 6 1/3 dominant innings. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Chicago White Sox|
|Alejandro De Aza, CF||5||0||2||0||0||1||1||.288|
|Gordon Beckham, 2B||4||1||1||2||0||0||2||.207|
|Adam Dunn, 1B||4||1||1||1||1||2||1||.247|
|Dayan Viciedo, LF||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.248|
|Alexei Ramirez, SS||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.207|
|Kosuke Fukudome, RF||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.175|
|Tyler Flowers, C||4||2||2||1||0||0||1||.214|
|Brent Lillibridge, 3B||3||1||1||0||1||0||0||.171|
|Jake Peavy, P||3||1||0||1||0||1||0||.000|
|Matt Thornton, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jesse Crain, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Alex Rios, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.272|
|Addison Reed, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-doubled for Crain in the 9th|
|2B - Tyler Flowers (2, Maholm), Alex Rios (6, Dolis)|
|HR - Gordon Beckham (4, Maholm), Adam Dunn (14, Maholm), Tyler Flowers (2, Maholm)|
|SF - Gordon Beckham (2)|
|RBI - Gordon Beckham 2 (13), Adam Dunn (32), Tyler Flowers (2), Jake Peavy (1), Alex Rios (15)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Jake Peavy (W,5-1)||6.1||3||0||0||2||7||0||2.39|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jake Peavy 100-70, Matt Thornton 25-15, Jesse Crain 20-9, Addison Reed 14-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Peavy 7-5, Matt Thornton 1-1, Addison Reed 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Jake Peavy 24, Matt Thornton 5, Jesse Crain 4, Addison Reed 4|
|David DeJesus, RF||5||0||0||0||0||3||1||.276|
|Tony Campana, CF||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||.309|
|Starlin Castro, SS||4||0||1||0||0||2||1||.313|
|Bryan LaHair, 1B||2||0||1||0||2||1||0||.315|
|Alfonso Soriano, LF||3||0||1||0||1||1||2||.270|
|Ian Stewart, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||1||4||.201|
|Rafael Dolis, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Adrian Cardenas, 2B||2||0||0||0||0||0||4||.067|
|a- Darwin Barney, PH-2B||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.273|
|Koyie Hill, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Paul Maholm, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Shawn Camp, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Jeff Baker, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.206|
|Casey Coleman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Joe Mather, 3B||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.267|
|a-flied out for Cardenas in the 7th|
|b-grounded out for Camp in the 7th|
|2B - Joe Mather (3, Reed)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|E - Paul Maholm (1, Throwing)|
|Paul Maholm (L,4-3)||6.1||9||5||5||0||5||3||4.73|
|Pitches-Strikes - Paul Maholm 97-67, Shawn Camp 10-4, Casey Coleman 9-5, Rafael Dolis 17-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Maholm 8-6, Casey Coleman 1-1, Rafael Dolis 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Paul Maholm 28, Shawn Camp 3, Casey Coleman 3, Rafael Dolis 5|
|Attendance - 38374|
|Game Time - 2:57|
|Temperature - 91|
|Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg|